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Three Hundred Year-Old Actors Are Still Working

posted by Nell Minow

Scott Feinberg talked to three actors with a combined age of 302 for The Hollywood Reporter. Patricia Morison (age 100), Norman Lloyd (age 100) and Connie Sawyer (age 102) shared memories and offered tips. All are in good health. “I […]

Trailer: Youth with Michael Caine

posted by Nell Minow

Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel play friends on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness […]

Worst Accents in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Indiewire for including me in this great rundown of the all-time worst movie accents. Critics vented frustration and fury, many picking Quentin Tarantino and Dick van Dyke, but I went with two actors who played Robin Hood:

Grandma

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language and some drug use
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language and some drug use
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2015

Lily Tomlin is cranky, feisty, tough, and utterly irresistible in this story of a grandmother who has to visit past decisions about her own life in order to help her teenage granddaughter. She plays the aptly named Elle (French for […]

We Are Your Friends

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2015
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, drug use, sexual content and some nudity
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2015

Director Max Joseph brings some of the “Catfish” sensibility to “We Are Your Friends,” with an intimate, documentary feel and a storyline about people in their 20’s who have big dreams but not much understanding about how to achieve them […]

Z for Zachariah

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for a scene of sexuality, partial nudity, and brief strong language
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2015

In 1959, a movie called The World, The Flesh And The Devil imagined a post-apocalyptic world with three surviving humans. In the words of the 1960’s television series, “The Mod Squad,” they could be described as “one black, one white, […]

Being Evel

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2015

Evel Knievel was an international celebrity in the 1960’s-70’s, known for three things: showmanship, stunts that succeeded, and stunts that failed. He was recognized for jumping over 19 cars in his motorcycle, for crash-landing after trying to jump over the […]

Rosenwald

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:August 28, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: August 28, 2015

Aviva Kempner, the director of the acclaimed documentaries about baseball star Hank Greenberg and television pioneer Gertrude Berg, has a new film about early 20th century Chicago businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald. Like the prior films, this one is filled […]

Possibly the Greatest Pairing Since Lennon and McCartney: Lawrence and Shumer

posted by Nell Minow

Jennifer Lawrence told the New York Times that she and Amy Schumer are writing a screenplay together! It’s about two sisters, to be played by Lawrence and Schumer themselves. “Amy and I were creatively made for each other. We have […]

Interview: Ravi and Geeta Patel on the Adorable Documentary “Meet the Patels”

posted by Nell Minow

“Meet the Patels” is a warm, funny, and irresistibly captivating romantic comedy documentary about Ravi Patel’s efforts to find love according to the traditions of his family’s culture. His parents, Vasant and Champa Patel, are immigrants from the Gujarati region […]

Trailer: Love the Coopers, a Family Christmas Story with Diane Keaton, John Goodman, and Olivia Wilde

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Ashby with Mickey Rourke, Emma Roberts, and Nat Wolff

posted by Nell Minow

Sara Silverman as the mother of a high school student? Even by Hollywood traditions of actresses being cast as mothers when they are barely older than the actors playing their children, that seems jarring. But Nat Wolff and Mickey Rourke […]

Coming on PBS: The Women’s List, With Margaret Cho, Madeleine Albright, Betsey Johnson, Shonda Rhimes, and More

posted by Nell Minow

The Women’s List is coming to PBS as a part of the American Masters series on September 25, 2015, featuring: Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001 Gloria Allred, lawyer Laurie Anderson, artist Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Margaret Cho, comedian Edie […]

FREE Tickets to an August 31, 2015 Screening of “Learning to Drive”

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted to have some free passes to give away to a Washington DC, August 31, 2015 screening of “Learning to Drive“! It’s first come-first-served and tickets will go fast. To get your passes, click here. NOTE: Get there […]

A New Film About the Tortured Chess Genius, Bobby Fischer: Behind the Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber, and Peter Sarsgaard find the genius behind the madness of Bobby Fischer in the upcoming film, “Pawn Sacrifice,” from one of my favorite directors, Edward Zwick.

Trailer: Lucky Stiff — A Musical About Death, Money, Love, and Theft

posted by Nell Minow

A young down-and-out British shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon takes his dead American uncle to Monte Carlo for the best time of his life—a week of fun, dancing, gambling and sun. If the young man fulfills his uncle’s request to […]

Gurukulam

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:August 22, 2015
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: August 22, 2015

It is hard to think of a form of communication more contrary to the internal stillness and oneness of meditation than a movie. Meditation seeks to remove our minds and spirits from the distractions of the outside world to free […]

Interview: Neil Citron Talks About the Music in Meryl Streep’s “Ricki and the Flash”

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Citron was the Musical Director for Ricki and The Flash starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Rick Springfield, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jonathan Demme. It was a lot of fun talking to him about helping Streep […]

Trailer: Dane Dehaan as James Dean and Robert Pattinson as his Photographer Friend in “Life”

posted by Nell Minow

Photographer Dennis Stock befriended James Dean and saw him as the symbol of a cultural upheaval that inspired him to a naturalism with his photos like what Dean was doing with his acting. Pattinson plays Stock and Dane Dehaan plays […]

Advice From Your Elders and a Goodbye from Wiretap

posted by Nell Minow

CBC’s wonderful Wiretap podcast says goodbye after 11 years with this adorable short film featuring wisdom from elders to youngers, ages 7-93. It covers everything from taking off the training wheels to asking a girl to dance to being kind […]

Hitman: Agent 47

posted by Nell Minow
C-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for sequences of strong violence, and some language
Movie Release Date:August 21, 2015
C-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sequences of strong violence, and some language
Movie Release Date: August 21, 2015

Maybe someday there will be a good movie based on a videogame. But there’s no evidence of that possibility in the tiresome “Hitman: Agent 47″ based on the first-person shooter Hitman Trilogy. The game keeps the player’s interest through challenges […]

Reading to Children Boosts Their Brains

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports: This month, the journal Pediatrics published a study that used functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activity in 3-to 5-year-old children as they listened to age-appropriate stories. The researchers found differences in brain activation […]

Luxo Jr. — Pixar’s First Film Short Came out 29 Years Ago Today

posted by Nell Minow

Ever wonder why Pixar’s movies always begin with a desk lamp? Watch Pixar’s first computer-animated short, released 29 years ago today.

Contest: Win a DVD of the Football Drama “Catching Faith”

posted by Nell Minow

I am pleased to have two copies of “Catching Faith” to give away. It is a faith-based story about a high school football star whose family is not as perfect as they seem. When he is caught drinking, he risks […]

Interview: Raffey Cassidy of “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism”

posted by Nell Minow

Raffey Cassidy gives a performance of endless charm in “Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism,” following her breakthrough appearance in “Tomorrowland,” where she stole the film from the grown-up stars including George Clooney. I was thrilled to get […]

New Christian Series for Kids: Galaxy Buck

posted by Nell Minow

From VeggieTales® and What’s in the Bible? creator Phil Vischer, Galaxy Buck – Mission to Sector 9 is a wild, galactic adventure that teaches kids a powerful lesson about trusting God. “‘Galaxy Buck’ is a new take on a classic […]

Happy Birthday to Votes for Women

posted by Nell Minow

It was only 95 years ago that American women first got the right to vote.

Interview: Daniel Pemberton, Composer of the “Man from UNCLE” Score

posted by Nell Minow

When director and co-screenwriter Guy Ritchie needed someone to write a cool, sexy, sophisticated score for “The Man from UNCLE,” he went to Daniel Pemberton. The soundtrack is one of the best of the year and I had a lot […]

Ariana Grande, Ne-Yo, Jessie J, Gwen Stefani, Jessie Ware, Rascal Flatts Sing Disney Songs on We Love Disney

posted by Nell Minow

A new We Love Disney collection is coming out! And what a terrific line-up of songs and singers: 1. Friend Like Me (From Aladdin) – Ne-Yo 2. Part of Your World (From The Little Mermaid) – Jessie J 3. Can […]

Tracy Morgan to Host SNL

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to hear that Tracy Morgan, who has been recovering from a serious automobile accident in June of 2014, will host the first “Saturday Night Live” episode of the 2015-2016 season. It will be a homecoming for the […]

Trailer: Nick Nolte and Robert Redford Hike the Appalachian Trail in “A Walk in the Woods”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer Bill Bryson came back to the US after 20 years in Great Britain and decided to reacquaint himself with his home country by walking the Appalachian Trail. And he took along a friend, or maybe a friend-ish, a cranky […]

Tonight on HBO: Show Me a Hero

posted by Nell Minow

“Show Me a Hero” is a new miniseries on HBO from David Simon (“The Wire”) and Paul Haggis (“Crash”), starring Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”). It is the story of racial, class, and political tensions in 1970’s Yonkers, New York, […]

Trailer: Tennis Comedy “Break Point”

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Slow Learners

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Trumbo with Bryan Cranston

posted by Nell Minow

Bryan Cranston plays Dalton Trumbo, the brilliant screenwriter whose experiences during the McCarthy era inspired some of the greatest movies ever made about freedom. Trumbo was blacklisted but continued to write screenplays by having them attributed to “fronts,” men who […]

D23 Expo’s Glimpse of a Short Sequel to “Inside Out”

posted by Nell Minow

The D23 Expo for Disney fans featured surprise star appearances and glimpses of upcoming films, including this moment from a new “Inside Out” short to be included in the DVD release. It’s called “Riley’s First Date.”

Three Superb “Driveway Moment” Podcasts: The Moment, Mystery Show, and You Must Remember This

posted by Nell Minow

While we wait for “Serial” to start up again, here are three podcasts so enthralling you may find yourself taking the long way home so you can keep listening, or just sit in the car on the driveway because you […]

Trailer: The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet and Liam Hemsworth

posted by Nell Minow

Kate Winslet plays a glamorous woman who returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Interviews: Jewish Views on Sex and Intimacy in “The Lost Key”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Lost Key” is a documentary that explores contemporary society’s confusion of sex and intimacy, and how the ancient principles from Jewish theology can restore the holy connection between husbands and wives. I spoke to director Ricardo Adler, whose own […]

New Report: Same Disappointing Results on Diversity on Film and in the Film Industry

posted by Nell Minow

A new study from USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism documents the vastly over-proportionate portrayals of white males on film and in filmmaking. Their review of 700 top-grossing films from 2007-2014 found: Gender. Only 30.2% of the 30,835 speaking characters […]

Trailer: A Brilliant Young Mind with Asa Butterfield

posted by Nell Minow

Straight Outta Compton

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2015

“What does NWA stand for?” asks Jerry Heller (Paul Giamatti), who is offering to become the manager of a new rap group from the Compton area of Los Angeles. “No Whites Allowed?” “No,” Eric “Eazy-E” Wright answers: “N**** Wit Attitude.” […]

The Man from UNCLE

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2015

Guy Ritchie’s update of the 1960’s television spy series is sleek, sophisticated, and sexy, with lively banter, high style, and oodles of roguish retro charm. Henry Cavill (“Superman,” “The Tudors”) takes the Robert Vaughn role of Napoleon Solo, an army […]

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

posted by Nell Minow
B
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
Movie Release Date:August 14, 2015
B
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for thematic elements and brief language
Movie Release Date: August 14, 2015

“Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism” is a cute family fantasy, based on the series of books about a spunky orphan by Georgia Byng. Raffey Cassidy, the enchanting young star who was the highlight of “Tomorrowland,” is perfectly […]

Original Version: The Man from UNCLE

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s 1960’s spy story, “The Man from UNCLE” is based on a television series from the 1964-68 of the same name. It was inspired by the James Bond films, and Bond creator Ian Fleming even contributed to the original […]

Trailer: About Ray with Dakota Fanning as a Trans Teen

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon

posted by Nell Minow

The smart alecks behind the Harvard Lampoon magazine parodies of Cosmopolitan and Time created their own magazine, the National Lampoon, in 1970, and it was like taking everything the Baby Boomers loved about the subversive humor of MAD Magazine and […]

Billy Ray on Hollywood’s Writer Problems

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (“The Hunger Games,” “Shattered Glass”) has a warning for “our next great screenwriters.” Hollywood will not help you. It will work against you. In a speech later adapted for an article on Medium, he explained: […]

TCM Star of the Day: Ann-Margret

posted by Nell Minow

The Star of the Day tomorrow on Turner Classic Movies is Ann-Margret. Her most iconic roles showcased her fiery hair, creamy skin, flashing turquoise eyes, gorgeous figure, seductive purr, and the unmatched energy and flair of her dancing. She was […]

Behind the Scenes: Straight Outta Compton

posted by Nell Minow

And a special tribute to the late Eric “Eazy-E” Wright: And here is Fab Five Freddy back in the day taking to NWA for “Yo! MTV Raps” In the movie, we get a glimpse of the famous pool parties — […]

Trailer: The Squeeze

posted by Nell Minow

John Hanlon Rounds Up The Best Bad Reviews of “Fantastic Four”

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to John Hanlon for including me in his new “Must-Read Reviews” feature, rounding up the sharpest, funniest, and angriest critic responses to “Fantastic Four.” Plus one from a guy who liked it! Be sure to check out his […]

Edward Norton Speaks Out About Oscar Campaigns

posted by Nell Minow

Awards are big money, a huge influence on ticket-buyers. And that means studios spend big money to try to get them. Three-time Oscar nominee Edward Norton spoke out about the abuses of the system in an Indiewire interview. Not to […]

Exclusive Clip from Dinotrux, a New Netflix Series for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to have an exclusive clip from “Dinotrux,” the new series for kids on Netflix, available August 14, 2015.

Identifying “Lost” Silent Films

posted by Nell Minow

This is a fascinating article about the “Mostly Lost Films” festival at the Library of Congress theater. Experts of all kinds come together to try to identify the films through the smallest details indicating a time or place. [T]he “Mostly […]

Contest: Mockingjay Pin

posted by Nell Minow

I have an official Mockingjay pin to give away! To enter the contest, send an email to moviemom@moviemom.com and put Mockingjay in the subject line. Tell me your favorite character in “The Hunger Games” and don’t forget your address! (US […]

What if the (Dead) Subject of the Movie Would Have Objected?

posted by Nell Minow

David Foster Wallace was a very private person who committed suicide in 2008. He is also one of the foremost authors of contemporary literature. After his death, writer David Lipsky published a book based on the audiotapes from a four-day […]

New on DVD: The Beginners Bible — Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son

posted by Nell Minow

New from The Beginners Bible — Three New Testament stories: Jesus and His Miracles, The Good Samaritan, and The Prodigal Son, featuring an original theme song from Kathie Lee Gifford. This is a simple, accessible introduction to these timeless stories […]

Interview with FutureDude Jeffrey Morris

posted by Nell Minow

Jeffrey Morris is known as FutureDude. He took that name because he was “frustrated as the guy who was into science and into arts and culture interconnected to science and technology and humanity and that sort of thing. I couldn’t […]

New on Netflix: Dinotrux

posted by Nell Minow

New on Netflix: Dinotrux! It’s based on the books by Chris Gall. Dinotrux are huge creatures are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle. Ty Rux is a Tyrannosaurus Trux, and his best friend Revvit is a razor-sharp Reptool. Together they fight […]

Interview: Disney Animator Dorothy McKim on the Disney Short Film Collection

posted by Nell Minow

Dorothy McKim produced one of my favorite of the recent Disney short films, “Get a Horse,” which brought old-time Mickey Mouse into the era of 3D CGI with an eye-popping, with a hilariously intricate choreography that literally jumps out of […]

Trailer: A Politician’s Downfall in “Zipper”

posted by Nell Minow

Ricki and the Flash

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2015

“Aren’t you allowed to have two dreams?” The person asking the question is Ricki (as she is now known), played by Meryl Streep. She has just accused her ex-husband, Pete (Kevin Kline), of not supporting her dream of playing rock […]

The End of the Tour

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language including some sexual references
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2015

Form illuminates content in this imperfect but compelling film based on the real-life audiotapes of a four day interview of author David Foster Wallace in the final days of his book tour for Infinite Jest. The subject of the interview […]

Shaun the Sheep

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for rude humor
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for rude humor
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2015

“Shaun the Sheep is another adorably quirky animated film from Aardman, the folks behind “Wallace and Gromit” and “Chicken Run.” it is a wordless pleasure about a flock of sheep who get bored with their idyllic but monotonous life on […]

Fantastic Four

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and language
Movie Release Date:August 7, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence, and language
Movie Release Date: August 7, 2015

Three things a superhero movie should not be: dreary, dull, and tedious. Three things this movie is: see if you can guess. I am a huge fan of the comic book series Fantastic Four, which I first read as a […]

Interview: Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen on Louisa May Alcott

posted by Nell Minow

No writer has influenced me more than Louisa May Alcott, and it runs in the family. My mother’s name is Josephine, like Alcott’s most famous (and most autobiographical) character, and she was inspired by Little Women to insist on being […]

The Real Story: Ashley Smith and “Captive,” Based on Her Life

posted by Nell Minow

Ashley Smith made headlines when she touched the heart of the man who took her captive by reading to him from Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. Her own book is Unlikely Angel: The Untold Story of the Atlanta Hostage […]

Trailer: Meet the Patels

posted by Nell Minow

The brother and sister team of Geeta V. Patel and Ravi V. Patel made this documentary romantic comedy about a 21st century Indian-American man facing some 16th century ideas about arranged marriages.

MVP of the Week: Mamie Gummer

posted by Nell Minow

I am a big fan of Mamie Gummer, who has a recurring role on “The Good Wife” as opposing counsel Nancy Crozier and who played medical professionals in two television series, “Emily Owens, M.D.” and “Off the Map.” This week, […]

Trailer: Meet the Crew of “The Martian”

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s Compilation of Movie Scenes With Teenagers Climbing Through Bedroom Windows

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a very funny supercut inspired by a scene in “Paper Towns,” where Cara Delevingne climbs through the window of her next door neighbor, played by Nat Wolff. Apparently every movie about teenagers features someone climbing through a window.

A “Star Wars” Superfan Breaks Down All the Changes and Tweaks

posted by Nell Minow

The Oldest Living Movie Stars

posted by Nell Minow

The Film Experience has a put together a list of the 200 oldest movie stars, from age 82-105.  It includes two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland (“Gone With the Wind”), John Wayne c0-star Maureen O’Hara, and century-old Norman Lloyd, who appeared […]

Tom Cruise Runs — Supercut

posted by Nell Minow

I love this supercut of Tom Cruise’s best running scenes, first because it shows the range of films he’s worked in over the decades, and the different ways different directors and cinematographers shoot the scenes (and some similarities), and because […]

You Can Help Support This new Ed Asner Film on Indiegogo

posted by Nell Minow

Ed Asner stars in this new film about a young man who finds a book at his grandmother’s memorial, with a series of fantastical tales that his grandfather wrote for his grandmother. Each is a different romantic fantasy about how […]

Opening this Month: August 2015

posted by Nell Minow

August is usually one of the slowest months of the year for major movie releases, but this year we have some prospects that could include both blockbusters and indie critical darlings. I’m especially looking forward to: August 5 Shaun the […]

Trailer: On Beauty

posted by Nell Minow

Rent This Instead: A Better Ed Helms Raunchy Comedy (that isn’t “Hangover”)

posted by Nell Minow

“Vacation” is a gross, dumb disappointment. If you want to see Ed Helms in a much better raunchy comedy, try the neglected gem Cedar Rapids. Helms plays a mild-mannered, small town insurance guy who is tapped at the last minute […]

Superhero Origami

posted by Nell Minow

DC Super Heroes Origami: 46 Folding Projects for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and More! is filled with great craft projects that incorporate some sneaky math lessons into origami versions of iconic superheroes.

Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date:July 31, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of action and violence, and brief partial nudity
Movie Release Date: July 31, 2015

You think you’ve seen it before? Well, it is a familiar situation. Hitchcock had an assassin waiting in a concert hall for the right moment to shoot and our hero trying to stop it — twice, in the original “Man […]

Best of Enemies

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:July 31, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: July 31, 2015

Once upon a time, network television news was dignified, objective, and delivered in stentorian, voice-of-God tones by white, vaguely Protestant men, in half-hour increments at the dinner hour. And then, in 1968, third-ranked network ABC, unable to compete with CBS […]

Exclusive Premiere Images: Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism

posted by Nell Minow

Molly Moon’s Incredible Book of Hypnotism is now a film starring Dominic Monaghan (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), Lesley Manville (“Maleficent”), Emily Watson (“The Theory of Everything”) and Joan Collins (ABC’s “Dynasty”) and Raffey Cassidy, […]

Interview: Joshua Oppenheimer of “The Look of Silence”

posted by Nell Minow

Joshua Oppenheimer has made “a companion piece” to his stunning documentary about government-sanctioned gangster killings of more than a million Indonesians in the mid-1960’s, “The Act of Killing.” In “The Look of Silence,” we see Adi, the brother of one of […]

Tom Cruise Tells Kevin McCarthy about the Airplane Stunt in “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Kevin McCarthy asked Tom Cruise how he shot that incredible stunt that has him holding onto the side of a plane while it takes off for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” The 53-year-old actor did the stunt himself, […]

Trailer: “Risen,” with Cliff Curtis as Jesus

posted by Nell Minow

“Risen” is the story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer played by “Shakespeare In Love’s” Joseph Fiennes. It will be in theaters in January 2016.

New From Oprah Winfrey: “Belief”

posted by Nell Minow

Oprah Winfrey’s seven-chapter series “Belief” starts on October 18, 2015. It follows some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Episodes include: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a […]

Movie Addict Headquarters: Comic-Con and “Minions”

posted by Nell Minow

Many thanks to Betty Jo Tucker and her co-host A.J. Hakari for inviting me back to Movie Addict Headquarters to talk about Comic-Con and “Minions.” Check Out Movies Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Betty Jo Tucker on BlogTalkRadio with […]

Vacation

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:July 29, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: July 29, 2015

I didn’t like the first one. I didn’t like the sequels. Keep that in mind when I tell you that I really did not like this latest in the gross-out, mean-spirited “Vacation” series, this time with the next generation going […]

Bugs Bunny Turns 75

posted by Nell Minow

A fascinating look at what made Warner Brothers cartoons work. Surprisingly, within these anarchic worlds, there were a lot of rules. This video has some very thoughtful commentary, including Leonard Maltin and Steven Spielberg.

4 Family DVD Giveaway! A Little Game, Horse Camp, Justin and the Knights of Valor, and An Evergreen Christmas

posted by Nell Minow

This is a great time of year for families to share wonderful movies, and I am thrilled to have a terrific prize package of four great family movies to give away. To enter, send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with […]

Trailer: Nicole Kidman Plays Gertrude Bell in “Queen of the Desert”

posted by Nell Minow

Nicole Kidman plays Gertrude Bell, the first woman to earn top honors in history at Oxford, fluent in six languages, and one of the great adventurers and scholars of the 20th century. Her spiritual home was the Middle East, where […]

Trailer: Mississippi Grind with Ryan Reynolds

posted by Nell Minow

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn star in “Mississippi Grind,” about two gamblers, one successful, one not, who join forces and go on the road together.

Trailer: Mockingjay 2, the Last Chapter of The Hunger Games

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes: Making Michael Douglas Younger in “Ant-Man” and Wigs and Makeup for Key and Peele

posted by Nell Minow

“Ant-Man” begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called “digital make-up.” New York Magazine’s Vulture […]

New on DVD: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe

posted by Nell Minow

New from PBS: Tales From the Royal Wardrobe. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explains that the fascination with the clothes worn by the royals is not a recent development. And the monarchs have used and […]

Spoiler Alert: What Really Doesn’t Work in “Trainwreck” — and the Surprising Moments that Do

posted by Nell Minow

SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT I had a few more thoughts about Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” that didn’t fit into my review because they are too spoilery. First, our concerns over Schumer’s party girl character, also called Amy, are supposed […]

The Imaginative Short Film that Inspired “Pixels”

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend and fellow film critic Eddie Pasa for sharing this short film by Patrick Jean, the inspiration for this week’s “Pixels.”

The 100 Best American Films — From Movie Critics Around the World

posted by Nell Minow

The American Film Institute has its top 100 list and the Library of Congress has its National Film Registry.  But how do movie critics around the world see our films?  The BBC prepared a list of the 100 greatest American […]

Cut to the Chase: A Brilliant Compilation of Movie Chase Scenes from Michael Mirasol

posted by Nell Minow

My friend and fellow critic Michael Mirasol has shared another of his brilliantly edited supercuts of movie moments, and this is one of his best. There’s nothing the movies do better than chases!

Sneak Preview of “The Descendants,” the New Disney Film About the Next Generation of Villains

posted by Nell Minow

Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson star as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains in Disney’s “Descendants,” a live-action movie premiering July 31, 2015 on the Disney Channel.

Southpaw

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language throughout, and some violence
Movie Release Date:July 25, 2105
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language throughout, and some violence
Movie Release Date: July 25, 2105

Didactic and unabashedly manipulative, “Southpaw” borrows from almost every boxing movie ever made. It telegraphs every development and then, in case we missed it, tells us what just happened. The dialogue is purplish and melodramatic. The filmmaking is self-consciously arty, […]

Paper Towns

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language, drinking, sexuality and partial nudity -- all involving teens
Movie Release Date: July 25, 2015

Everyone has one. That unobtainable dream we longed for when we were first learning what it felt like to be in love. For most of us, these impossible-to-attain objects of our desire are like training wheels to keep us from […]

Pixels

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments
Movie Release Date:July 24, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some language and suggestive comments
Movie Release Date: July 24, 2015

I never thought I’d see Max Headroom or “Fantasy Island” again, much less have to explain them to someone sitting next to me who was a toddler when they were on television, but Adam Sandler is still relentlessly working his […]

Interview: Lillete Dubey of “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

posted by Nell Minow

Lillete Dubey stars with Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, and Richard Gere in The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, available now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and streaming video. Dubey plays the formidable Mrs. Kapoor, the disapproving mother of the eternally optimistic proprietor […]

Trailer: Goosebumps with Jack Black

posted by Nell Minow

The wildly popular Goosebumps horror-comedy series for kids by R.L. Stine is now a movie!

Trailer: Before We Go

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, a bit “Before Sunrise,” but there’s nothing wrong with that.  And I love Chris Evans and Alice Eve.  And love stories.

An App to Teach Tweens About Online Safety

posted by Nell Minow

Common Sense Media has developed Digital Compass to help tweens learn about safety, privacy, and “digital citizenship,” as they begin to go online by themselves and get their first smartphones. Designed by Common Sense for middle schoolers, this engaging game helps […]

Trailer for the new James Bond Film: Spectre

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 20th Anniversary of the Movie Mom Website!

posted by Nell Minow

Twenty years ago this week, when there were only a few thousand websites and not one from a corporation or publication, I decided to publish movie reviews online from a parent’s point of view. In honor of that anniversary two […]

Tribute: Theodore Bikel

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor/singer/activist Theodore Bikel, who has died at age 91. The multi-lingual performer was the original Captain Von Trapp in “The Sound of Music” on Broadway and played the role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the […]

Amy Schumer Talks to Michael Ian Black on “How to Be Amazing”

posted by Nell Minow

Amy Schumer appeared on Michael Ian Black’s brilliant interview series, “How to Be Amazing.” In this clip, she talks about creating her stand-up persona and “tricking people into listening.” You can download the hour-long interview for free, as well as […]

Trailer: Joy with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro

posted by Nell Minow

“Joy” reunites Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, and writer/director David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle”) in a multi-generational story, opening in December 2015.

Where You’ve Seen Them Before: The Cast of Ant-Man

posted by Nell Minow

“Ant-Man” has great special effects and a fun storyline but its real strength is the cast, several of my favorite performers.  They may look familiar. Paul Rudd has been one of the most appealing actors in Hollywood since “Clueless” came […]

Trailer: Mistress America with Greta Gerwig

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: “Creed,” a New Chapter in the “Rocky” Saga

posted by Nell Minow

In Rocky, Sylvester Stallone played the title character, who got a one-in-a-million chance to fight the heavyweight champion, Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). In this film, Rocky is training the son of Apollo Creed, played by one of my favorite young […]

Trailer: Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in “Miss You Already”

posted by Nell Minow

Ant-Man

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date:July 17, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence
Movie Release Date: July 17, 2015

San Diego Comic-Con is known for big, loud, and splashy promotions for movies and television series, especially those featuring superheroes.  So it was a delight to come across the tiny “billboard” for “Ant-Man,” smaller than a shoebox, that was the […]

Why Are There Scenes in the Trailer That Aren’t In the Movie? Again!

posted by Nell Minow

Both of the big nationwide releases this week have widely distributed trailers that include scenes that are not actually in the movie.  I’ve written about this before.  Sometimes the movie is still being edited as the trailer is being prepared. […]

2015 Kennedy Center Honorees Announced

posted by Nell Minow

The 2015 Kennedy Center honorees are: George Lucas   Rita Moreno   Cicely Tyson   Carole King   The Eagles   Seiji Ozawa

The 100-Year-Old Actor in “Trainwreck” Who Worked with Hitchcock and Orson Welles

posted by Nell Minow

Actor/director/producer Norman Lloyd appears in “Trainwreck” as the resident of an assisted living facility. He’s been an actor for 80 years. He was the villain in Hitchcock’s “Saboteur,” hanging from the hand of the Statue of Liberty. He worked with […]

Trainwreck

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
Movie Release Date:July 17, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
Movie Release Date: July 17, 2015

Judd Apatow has made a bunch of raunchy comedies about man-children who have to learn to grow up and embrace the joys of intimacy and responsibility, and one raunchy comedy (“This is 40″) about a couple who have to learn […]

Comic-Con 2015: My Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media Panels

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to be invited to be on two of the best panels at Comic-Con. Every year, movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives attendees the chance to talk back to the critics at “Your Opinion Sucks!” Each person is […]

Trailer: Captive, Starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo

posted by Nell Minow

Based on the stirring true story, Kate Mara and David Oyelowo star in the story of two desperate people whose lives are changed when he takes her hostage and she reads to him from Rick Warren’s book, The Purpose-Driven Life. […]

Trailer: Secret in Their Eyes with Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Ejiofor

posted by Nell Minow

The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2010 was The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos), an Argentinian film that is part cold-case detective story about a missing, perhaps murdered, girl, part love story. The […]

Teaser Trailer: Kung Fu Panda 3

posted by Nell Minow

At the end of the last “Kung Fu Panda” movie we got a hint that our hero, an adopted son of a loving father, would get his first chance to meet his biological family. In this new chapter, Po (Jack […]

Behind the Scenes with Lebron James and “Trainwreck”

posted by Nell Minow

Comic-Con 2015 Roundup: Best Costumes, Favorite Discoveries

posted by Nell Minow

One thing I look for every year at San Diego Comic-Con is new technology. One looked like silly fun — you can insert your smartphone into a re-designed Mattel Viewmaster that will turn your photos into 3D. Also fun, from […]

Comic-Con 2015: Interview with Bella Heathcote and Douglas Booth on “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”

posted by Nell Minow

Bella Heathcote (“Dark Shadows”) and Douglas Booth (“Romeo and Juliet”) play Jane and Mr. Bingley in the latest of innumerable movie and television adaptations of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. While I have not seen them all, I feel […]

Behind the Scenes: Paper Town

posted by Nell Minow

Scooby-Doo! And KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery

posted by Nell Minow

It’s the mash-up that had to happen. In Scooby-Doo! & KISS:Rock & Roll Mystery, Daphne has an enormous crush on KISS member Starchild, so she tells her Mystery Inc. pals they’ve been summoned to solve a mystery at KISS World, […]

Did Special Effects Peak in the ’90’s?

posted by Nell Minow

Comic-Con 2015: This is the “Star Wars” Panel That Had The Audience Cheering and Crying

posted by Nell Minow

People camped out for days to see this panel — and it was worth it!

Behind the Scenes: Minions

posted by Nell Minow

Comic-Con 2015 Panel on Fandom: The Next Generation

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to be invited by Betsy Bozdech of Common Sense Media to appear on a panel discussion if and how to share our nerdy passions with our children. I was even more thrilled when I found out who […]

Vox on Makeover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

In my book, The Movie Mom’s Guide to Family Movies, there is a discussion of “makeover movies.” Little girls and bigger ones see a lot of what I call “makeover movies:” in a crucial scene Our Heroine gets a new […]

Trailer: Learning to Drive

posted by Nell Minow

Writer Katha Pollitt found herself learning how to drive for the first time when she was 52.  She wrote about it ruefully in an essay that provides the title for Learning to Drive: And Other Life Stories, which has now […]

Trailer: Legend, the Story of The Crime Boss Twin Brothers, The Krays

posted by Nell Minow

Twin brothers known as The Krays” ran a brutal crime ring in 1960’s London. A new movie called “Legend” stars Tom Hardy as both of the identical twin brothers, Ronnie and Reggie Kray. A 1991 film called “The Krays” starred […]

Minions

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action and rude humor
Movie Release Date:July 10, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action and rude humor
Movie Release Date: July 10, 2015

The Minions should pay a little less attention to villains and a little more to penguins. Like “Madagascar’s” penguins, “Despicable Me’s” yellow minions were comic relief characters who took the lead in follow-up features. But the Minions are not quite […]

Self/Less

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language
Movie Release Date:July 10, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sexuality, and language
Movie Release Date: July 10, 2015

The longing for eternal life has inspired many stories, maybe most of them. What is creating a story itself if not a kind of search for immortality? Anne Rice created her series of books about vampires because the death of […]

Comic-Con 2105: Opening Night

posted by Nell Minow

The cutest items I saw on the Exhibition Hall this evening were these “Body Knockers” from famous movies. How many can you identify? One of the highlights of Preview Night is an exclusive sneak peek at some of the upcoming […]

Batkid Begins

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades

Children with cancer learn two things, we hear in this documentary about a boy who is being treated for leukemia. They learn how to fight. And, because they are surrounded by caregivers, they learn compassion. When he was two, Miles […]

Behind the Scenes: Self/Less

posted by Nell Minow

The Inside Story of “Clueless” — Jen Chaney’s New Book is a Total Betty

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Jen Chaney is one of the most knowledgeable and insightful writers about movies and pop culture I know. Her new book is an oral history of “Clueless,” based on interviews with writer/director Amy Heckerling and the stars and […]

Wil Wheaton Talks About His Mental Illness in a Video for UROK

posted by Nell Minow

I love the way Wil Wheaton sort of plays himself on “The Big Bang Theory.” The characters interact with him as Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: TNG” and star of “Stand By Me” (and “Serial Apeist 2″). But […]

On My Way to San Diego Comic-Con 2015!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m on my way to San Diego Comic-Con! This is my favorite event of the year and I am especially excited because I will be on two panels: the Rotten Tomatoes panel “Your Opinion Sucks!” (attendees are given paddles with […]

Interview: David Gordon Green, Director of “Manglehorn”

posted by Nell Minow

David Gordon Green has directed intimate, natural dramas (“George Washington,” “All the Real Girls”) and wild comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Eastbound and Down”). His new film, “Manglehorn,” is a gentle story with magical realism elements, starring Al Pacino as the title […]

New on DVD: Poldark

posted by Nell Minow

Winston Graham’s Poldark novels about a dashing Revolutionary war veteran inspired a very successful 1977 PBS series, now remade with “Hobbit” star Aiden Turner in the title role. It is available today on DVD.

Behind the Scenes: Ant-Man

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Dana Nachman of “Batkid Begins”

posted by Nell Minow

Dana Nachman is the director of the heartwarming documentary “Batkid Begins.” She talked to me about how one five-year-old cancer survivor’s Make a Wish story captivated the entire world. At the screening I attended there was audible weeping. I also […]

Inside “Inside Out” — Takes on Pixar’s Hit Movie About Feelings

posted by Nell Minow

“Inside Out” is not just one of the best movies of the year (animated and live action). It is also one of the most psychologically profound and astute films about emotions and the mind ever made. It set the all-time […]

Trailer: People, Places, and Things with Jemaine Clement and Regina Hall

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: Win a DVD of the Sweet Romance, “Old Fashioned”

posted by Nell Minow

Win a copy of the sweet romance, “Old Fashioned,” from PureFlix. It set a record with the highest opening for faith film on less than 300 screens. Director and star of the film Rik Swartzwelder has said he wanted to […]

Trailer: Jenny’s Wedding with Katherine Heigl and Alexis Bledel

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Glitch

posted by Nell Minow

There’s no US release date set at the moment for this film, also known as “Leading Lady,” but I hope we get to see it. The actress is Katie McGrath, currently in “Jurassic World” and soon to appear in the […]

Tonight on PBS: A Capitol Fourth with Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, and KC and the Sunshine Band

posted by Nell Minow

Tune in tonight to watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS, featuring Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Alabama, and Lang Lang, and hosted by Bradley Whitford. And fireworks!

Marvin Gaye Sings the Star Spangled Banner

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 4th of July!

The Declaration of Independence — Happy 4th of July!

posted by Nell Minow

For the 4th of July: Singing Founding Fathers in “1776”

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Independence Day!  Every year, I recommend the rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence. “1776” makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already know how it all turned […]

Sesame Street’s Maria Says Goodbye

posted by Nell Minow

Sonia Manzano has announced that she is leaving Sesame Street after 44 years.  She was 22 years old when she auditioned for the brand new series that would revolutionize children’s programming. She became Maria, one of the first Latina characters […]

Happy 99th Birthday, Olivia de Havilland!

posted by Nell Minow

Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland turns 99 years old today. She was one of the biggest stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood, appearing memorably opposite Errol Flynn eight times, most memorably in “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” She […]

Contest: Win a DVD of “Hope Bridge”

posted by Nell Minow

“Hope Bridge” is a new DVD from Pure Flix about the devastating impact of suicide. Christi and David Eaton produced the movie after having experienced suicide twice in their family. They knew the best way to reach out to others […]

Trailer: No Ordinary Hero — The SuperDeafy Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Coming next month on DVD, “No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie” is the story of a deaf actor (John Maucere) who plays a deaf superhero in a campy television series. But he wants to be a real hero. A beloved […]

Exclusive Clip: Underdog Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Underdog Kids is family film about a karate team of misfits, available on VOD and DVD July 7, 2015. Adam Irigoyen (Disney’s “Shake It Up!” and “Wizards of Waverly Place”), Ryan Potter (Big Hero 6, Nickelodeon’s “Supah Ninjas”), Cade Sutton […]

Interview: Lorne Balfe, Composer for “Terminator Genisys”

posted by Nell Minow

Lorne Balfe composed the score for “Terminator Genisys,” the fifth in the series, which takes place in three different time period, some very dystopian. He talked to me about creating a sound that conveyed the mechanistic themes and how he […]

Exclusive Clip: The Dovekeepers

posted by Nell Minow

NCIS star Cote de Pablo gives a behind the scenes look at the making of the Roma Downey/Mark Burnett produced miniseries, The Dovekeepers. Adapted from Alice Hoffman’s novel, “The Dovekeepers” follows a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for […]

Coming in July 2015: Magic Mike XXL, Terminator: Genisys, Minions, and Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck

posted by Nell Minow

Happy July! As usual, this July is going to be filled with blockbusters, sequels, remakes, raunchy comedies, and superheroes, but there are some worthwhile smaller films as well. Opening today, for the holiday weekend, we have two sequels. Magic Mike […]

Magic Mike XXL

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating:Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date:July 1, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
MPAA Rating: Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use
Movie Release Date: July 1, 2015

“We’re healers,” one of the male exotic dancers, explains to another in “Magic Mike XXL.”  They’re here to bring a smile to women who have not, through tragically misguided oversight, been worshipped and adored.  They have not been ap-PRE-ciated.  They […]

Terminator Genisys

posted by Nell Minow

“I’ll be back,” Arnold Schwarzenegger said in the first “Terminator” movie. He had the title role but only 16 lines, with about a total of 80 words. But those three words have become a legend. It now appears he meant […]

Interview: Stephen “tWitch” Boss of “Magic Mike XXL”

posted by Nell Minow

I asked actor/dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss whether it was as much fun to make “Magic Mike XXL” as it looked, and he said, “Absolutely and even more. People have been asking me what I would say to guys that are […]

Exclusive Clip: All Creatures Big and Small — FREE for a Limited Time on Google Play

posted by Nell Minow

Martin Sheen and Amy Grant provide the voices in this animated animal adventure inspired by Noah’s Ark, from Entertainment One (eOne). “All Creatures Big and Small” will be available for free for a limited time on Google Play starting July […]

Critics: Which Movies Get Childhood Right?

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Sam Adams and Indiewire for including me in their survey of critics about our favorite movies from the perspective of a child.  Here was my answer: “To Kill a Mockingbird” somehow captures the voice of the novel in […]

Interview: David and Christi Eaton of “Hope Bridge”

posted by Nell Minow

David and Christi Eaton wanted to help families devastated by suicide and those who struggle with thoughts of suicide. And so they wrote “Hope Bridge.” I spoke with them about how a busy couple with six children who had never […]

Trailer: The Good Dinosaur

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in summer 2016 from Pixar.

Trailer: Honeyglue

posted by Nell Minow

“Honeyglue” follows the story of Morgan (Adriana Mather), who flips her conservative, protected life upside down after learning she has three months left to live. She sets out on a bucket list of adventures with a purse snatching ex-junkie cross […]

Interview: Jalmari Helander and Onni Tommila of “Big Game”

posted by Nell Minow

Big Game, now in theaters and on VOD, is an exciting action movie about Oskari, a Finnish kid on a solo hunting trip, who has to save the President of the United States when he is ejected from Air Force […]

Contest: Win a Copy of Dancer & The Dame Starring Billy Gardell

posted by Nell Minow

Billy Gardell (“Mike & Molly”) stars in Dancer and The Dame. Gardell plays Rick Dancer, a wisecracking, disgruntled detective who is long past his prime. Only with the help of Princess, a fussy and fastidious canine cop, can Dancer break […]

Trailer: Daddy’s Home with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg

posted by Nell Minow

Will Ferrell plays a devoted stepdad who gets into a competition for the kids’ attention and affection with their biological dad, played by Mark Wahlberg, in “Daddy’s Home.”

Exclusive Blooper Clip: Paul Blart Mall Cop 2

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to present an exclusive clip from the DVD extras on Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. It’s a lot of fun to see Kevin James mess up his lines! It’s available on Digital HD June 30, 2015 and […]

Max

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements
Movie Release Date:June 26, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action violence, peril, brief language and some thematic elements
Movie Release Date: June 26, 2015

“Max” is a good, old-fashioned story of a boy and a dog who mend each other’s broken hearts.  It is heartwarming without getting treacly, and frank without getting too disturbing.  And it has adventure, romance, loss, and something to say […]

Big Game

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language
Movie Release Date:June 26, 2015
DVD Release Date:August 17, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for sequences of intense action and violence, and some language
Movie Release Date: June 26, 2015
DVD Release Date: August 17, 2015

Yes, it is basically “Die Hard” and “Under Siege” in the mountains of Finland, if Bruce Willis was a kid on a rite-of-passage solo hunting trip.  And instead of executive hostages in a big office building, the kid has to […]

Infinitely Polar Bear

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated R for language
Movie Release Date:June 19, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated R for language
Movie Release Date: June 19, 2015

“Infinitely Polar Bear” is the term a young girl uses in this film for bipolar disorder, the mental illness that her father struggled with as he cared for his daughters.   And it lets us know that this sensitive, touching […]

Ted 2

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use
Movie Release Date:June 26, 2015
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Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: Rated R for crude and sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug use
Movie Release Date: June 26, 2015

“Subtle” is not a word that naturally comes to mind for a movie that features a bong in the shape of male genitalia (which is more powerful — the longing for weed or the ew-factor of a straight guy who […]

Interview: Patrick Brice on the Very R-Rated Comedy “The Overnight”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Patrick Brice talked to me about his funny and provocative new film, “The Overnight,” about a couple new to Los Angeles (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) who are invited to dinner at the lavish home of an impossibly hip […]

Exclusive Clip: Rosamund Pike in “What We Did on Our Holiday”

posted by Nell Minow

Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”), David Tennant (“Dr. Who”), and Billy Connolly (“Brave”) star in a family comedy about a vacation with relatives, where a couple discovers that it is very hard to keep a secret when there are children around. […]

Interview: Boaz Yakin and Josh Wiggins of “Max”

posted by Nell Minow

Boz Yakin wrote and directed “Max,” the story of a weapons-sniffing military dog whose human partner is killed. So traumatized he can no longer work, he goes to live with the grieving family and is cared for by their younger […]

Trailer: He Named Me Malala

posted by Nell Minow

Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old (she turns 18 this July) was singled out, along with her father, […]

Tribute: James Horner

posted by Nell Minow

One of the greatest movie composers of all time, James Horner, died this week in a plane crash. His compositions added enormous depth and emotion to some of the all-time critical and audience triumphs, including the movie that broke the […]

If You Like “Inside Out,” Try “Everybody Rides the Carousel”

posted by Nell Minow

Before “Inside Out,” there was another animated film that explored emotions and psychological and cognitive development. Based on the pioneering work of psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, animators John and Faith Hubley created “Everybody Rides the Carousel,” with segments illustrating Erikson’s stages […]

Exclusive Clip from Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

posted by Nell Minow

We are delighted to present an exclusive clip from Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle, released today. The soundtrack is also available. And don’t forget to take a selfie with Curious George! When Curious George is asked to take […]

Interview: Antonia Bogdanovich of “Phantom Halo”

posted by Nell Minow

Antonia Bogdanovich is the co-writer and director of “Phantom Halo,” the story of two brothers and their father, a one-time Shakespearean actor who forces them to steal to support his gambling and alcohol addictions. The brothers are named for the […]

Trailer: The Secret Life of Pets with Jenny Slate and Kevin Hart

posted by Nell Minow

Ever wonder what your pets get up to while you’re away? Jenny Slate, Steve Coogan, Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Bobby Moynihan, Lake Bell, Ellie Kemper and Louis C.K. will tell you all about it!

An American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:Not rated
Movie Release Date:2015
DVD Release Date:June 22, 2015
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: Not rated
Movie Release Date: 2015
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2015

“Grace Stirs Up Success” is the latest in the excellent “American Girl” series, all featuring spirited young heroines confronting real-life problems, and learning some important lessons. They always include a lot of fun and a loving family, too. In this […]

AFI Docs 2015: What I Saw

posted by Nell Minow

I loved every film I saw at AFI Docs this year, with a wide variety in subject matter and tone. There were intimate, personal stories, and movies about major global figures and forces. And I also saw an eye-popping demonstration […]

Real Genius — Three Decades Later, It Still Holds Up

posted by Nell Minow

Thirty years ago, a college comedy called “Real Genius” was released, and it is good to see that it holds up well. It is even more apt in some ways now than it was when it came out. Tor’s Emily […]

Trailer: Bill Murray in “Rock the Kasbah”

posted by Nell Minow

Three Great Movie Dads for Father’s Day 2015

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Father’s Day! And extra Father’s Day love to the two great dads in my life, my father and my husband. These are three of my favorite movie dads.  Give the dad in your life an extra hug and ask […]

StoryCorps: Listening is an Act of Love

posted by Nell Minow

The first-ever animated feature from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special presents six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project, where everyday people sit down together to […]

Trailer: Bilal

posted by Nell Minow

This animated film is inspired by the life of Bilal Ibn Rabah, one of Muhammad’s most trusted companions and known for his beautiful voice with which he called people to their prayers.

Interview: Maya Forbes on “Infinitely Polar Bear”

posted by Nell Minow

Writer/director Maya Forbes did not just base her new film on her own childhood; she had her sister contribute to the soundtrack and cast her daughter as Amelia, the character inspired by Forbes herself. The film covers the period when […]

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